Toddler Chia Pudding + Product Review

Some days, I don’t know if it’s worse raising a picky eater or being married to one. My McNugget is not adventurous with new foods…at all. We really have to dramatize each bite of our own food to get him to try the smallest piece of something. Strangely enough, he loves chicken, smoothies, and chia pudding. I really didn’t expect for him to like it when he shoved my spoon in his mouth one night, but he did. Now, he signs for it whenever I eat it. 

Since I am not always in a sharing mood, I began giving him his own pudding. This also allows me to sneak in some of his least favorite foods. Here’s a basic recipe I’ve been following, along with some mix-ins/toppings I add for him.

 

Toddler chia pudding recipe:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chia seeds

1/2 pureed banana for sweetener

2 cups milk of your choice. We use breastmilk or whatever non-dairy milk we have.

 

-Add the chia seeds and pureed banana to a bowl. Mix well.  Add the cinnamon, vanilla and sweetener and mix again

-Add the milk and mix again.

-Add any additional ingredients (listed below) and mix well.

-Cover and refrigerate for at least three hours.

 

Optional serving suggestions:

Add 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice & 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Add an extra 1/2 pureed banana and frozen strawberries

Omit pureed banana and add pureed vegetables with seasoning of your choice

 

a188d6b746eec53601957f12fbfc6468d96c0defSince my family is always moving, we needed a to-go option for his pudding and smoothies. When we received* the Cutielunch Reusable Squeeze Pouches, they were right on time. First, they are indeed cute! I love the little cartoon fruit on the package. While these pouches are made to be reusable, we treat them like disposables. They are very durable and are super easy to use. There was a bit of a learning curve figuring out how much the pouches could actually hold, but it was a breeze once we got used to it. My son LOVES showing off his big kid skills with food pouches, so I love that he can eat directly from them. Although this product was sent to us for free, it is a product my husband and I plan to repurchase and keep on our Amazon shopping list. If you’re looking for durable food storage pouches for your homemade baby food, you can purchase a 4-pack here.

 

 

 

 

Fall For These Three Fall Soups

Fall began yesterday! I am super excited because it’s my favorite season of the year I may be a little biased, since my birthday fall in this season. Nevertheless, there are so many reasons to love fall (outside of pumpkin spiced everything). A few of my favorite things about fall are soup, bisque, and chili! I just had to share my excitement with you all, so here are a few of my favorite recipes!  Continue reading “Fall For These Three Fall Soups”

Eat This: Potbelly Sandwich Shop

via Seamless.com
via Seamless.com

What can be said about this AWESOME sandwich shop? The food is delicious, the atmosphere is one of a kind, and the shop itself is a hybrid of Subway, a swanky coffee house, and Soda Jerks on the Santa Monica Pier. Magically, this hybrid works!

Jon and I...boo-luvin' during our last Potbelly visit.
Jon and I…boo-luvin’ during our last Potbelly visit.

 

Jon and I have loved Potbelly for as long as we have loved each other. Side story: Jon and I are foodies, but moreso when we were dating and not eating as healthy as we do now. My mom, sister and friend all had a game where they would guess restaurants/eateries Jon and I hadn’t visited. One of those places was Potbelly’s. So during an Ikea trip (I was still in college at the time), Jon and I decided to have lunch at the Potbelly next door. It was love at first bite! Since a location has opened closer to our home, we have been frequent visitors.

Here’s what I love so much about Potbelly:

  • The simplicity of it all– The sandwiches on the menu have set recipes, which the employees know well (unlike Subway’s, but that’s another story). While there is a rumored secret menu, everything is pretty basic. Make no mistake, though. The sandwiches are not basic in the flavor department. There are also vegan/vegetarian options that I have never tried! Someone would have to let me know about those.
  • The simplicity of it all- Yes, this is here again. The way the line works is pretty cool and easy. Everything is in reach as you walk through the line. Since there’s no glass to see which condiments are available, Potbelly has lists throughout the line.
  • Live music– I’ve heard about this since my first Potbelly experience, but I experienced it just recently. There was a guy who did an awesome cover of Maroon 5’s Songs About Jane (aka the soundtrack of my high school years…no, really). Artists sign up for a spot and can perform for tips.
  • You can figure out calories…at home– I’ve done this so many times! It allows me to eat what I want–without going over my daily calorie allowance. Everyone knows bad decisions are made when there was no preparation for them. You can avoid in-line decision making with this cool feature.
  • You can order and/or eat at home– Potbelly makes it easy to place orders from home–and even get your food delivered (at participating locations).

 

I would highly suggest Potbelly for your occasional sandwich! I usually order a turkey breast sandwich on multigrain bread with mustard, lettuce and tomato. If you have a Potbelly favorite, let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

Birdie Diet + Workout Plan

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Throwback! This is one of my favorite [random] pics of Crystal and me. We were 21 and 20 years-old.
My line sister, Crystal, and I are going on a fitness journey (in addition to the one I am doing with my husband). Crystal and I decided to pair a specific diet we used in college with exercise. We call it the birdie diet. Here’s the breakdown:

 

Diet:

No fried foods

No processed sweets

No fast food (unless whole food, healthy options)

No sodas/sugar-filled drinks.  Only water, teas, and 100% juices are permitted

Incorporate as many fruits and vegetables as possible

 

Exercise:

We’ll be doing three repetitions of the following routine–in addition to our usual routines.

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We start Sunday. Stay tuned to hear my results (and possibly Crystal’s).

Tonight’s Dinner: Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

675660656 I had a long to-do list today, so I decided to do a crock pot dinner. I have been craving Indian food for weeks, so I settled on making this awesome chicken tikka masala. I thought I had everything I needed, but I didn’t have any garam masala or any ginger. Thinking on my toes, I mixed equal parts of Trader Joe’s pumpkin pie spice and curry powder. I got something that was very close to garam masala AND a bit of ginger flavoring. I also added diced tomatoes, onion and green pepper. Other than that, I followed the recipe. I also decided to make roti instead of naan because I was out of yeast. I also served the meal with vegetables. Try the recipe and let me know what you think.